Late Tuesday night, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors rejected the proposal for a moratorium on luxury condos in the Mission District by a vote of 7 to 4 (nine votes were needed to approve it). The vote came at 11:45 p.m. after more than eight hours of discussion and public comment. Even before the meeting, organizers held a rally outside of City Hall to urge patrons to speak up and show their support for the legislation. The rally continued inside during the Board of Supervisors meeting, where more than 200 people lined up for public comment. Here are some photographs from a very long day.
Supervisor Eric Mar of District 1, supported the moratorium, wearing a sticker that said “Save the Mission” and called the current housing crisis in the Mission district “ethnic cleansing.”
However, Supervisors Mark Farrell of District 2, Scott Wiener of District 8, and Julie Christensen of District 3, openly opposed the legislation.
Farrell said, “By stopping new housing is a step in the wrong direction.” He also commented that he thought it was “hilarious” how developers have been emailing him thanking him for making their property values higher.
Wiener said, “This is not new. This is not going to stop evictions.” Wiener was opposed early on to the legislation.
Christensen said, “We need a plan to fund all of this.” She also commented that the moratorium is like “a farmer spraying pesticide and hoping the right crop shows up.”
The push for a 45-day moratorium in the Mission failed, but activists and those who stood in solidarity with Mission residents said that this is not the end, and that they plan to fight this to the end. The Latino Democratic Club plans to push for a ballot initiative on a moratorium. Others say the city should pursue other options to increase the number of affordable units.